JVS plays a crucial role in the Boston community in empowering individuals from diverse communities to raise skills, find employment and build careers through partnering with local employers.
Over 430 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with silent auction items, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to mingle with JVS “Client Ambassadors” – individuals who have successfully gone through the JVS organization to further their education and job prospects.
The dinner program was impeccable and greatly enhanced by the amazing décor of the hotel ballroom. JVS Board Chair Ellen Segal welcomed philanthropists to the dinner and each table was privileged to have a Client Ambassador seated with the guests. Cantor Steven Weiss performed a nice blessing over the bread, and wine flowing freely throughout the evening.
As guests and numerous politicians enjoyed the first course of a decadent and delicious meal, they were entertained by a performance by Ritmo en Accion dance troupe prior to JVS President and CEO Jerry Rubin speaking about the Transitions to Work program. This was followed by Governor Deval Patrick being presented with the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award for his leadership in promoting opportunity and inclusion through jobs, education, and training for residents of Massachusetts.
Guests were then touched by the reflections of JVS graduate Robbie Mikels who spoke eloquently on how JVS helped change his life and overcome his disability to be able to enter the workforce successfully. Eric Ritvo worked up appetites in a raffle for great auction packages before a fantastic main course of sea bass was served and followed by a delicious chocolate mousse dessert.
The program closed with the 2014 Business Leadership Awards to honor the Transitions partnerships with employers so crucial to the JVS’ work, including Anton’s Cleaners, DXL Group, Newbridge on the Charles, Rebecca’s Café, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Goddard House Assisted Living, Petco, TJMaxx, CJP, Boston JCC, Prime Motor Group, Whitsons School Nutrition, CVS Pharmacy/Caremark, Legal Seafoods, and Whole Foods.
Overall, the night was a great success and raised nearly $400,000 for JVS’ important work. We will certainly look forward to next year’s Elevate gala.